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I Challenge Verizon to a Public Debate: Piano Optional

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.31.2012 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

While the executive director for corporate communications at Verizon claims that I've been doing variations on a theme, it would seem that I've been creating whole symphonies of new findings.

Broadband Wars: The Battle for New Jersey Has Begun

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.24.2012 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

The battle for America's entire communications future is playing out this week in two small towns in New Jersey.

Why Is Romney So Casual About the JPMorgan Chase $3 Billion Loss?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Why place our bets on Romney when his election may open the door to a return of the days of excessive risk taking and taxpayer funded bailouts? Why spin the wheel again arguing that this time Wall Street will bet correctly?

Dave Jamieson

White House Caves On Controversial Regulations | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Facing political pressure from Republicans and farming groups, the White House has decided to scrap rules proposed last year that would ...

The JOBS Act Is So Criminogenic That It Guarantees Full-Time Jobs for Criminologists

William K. Black | Posted 05.20.2012 | Business
William K. Black

The "Jumpstart Our Business Startups" Act, the comically forced effort to create a catchy acronym, is the most cynical bill to emerge from a cynical Congress and administration. It is an exemplar of why congressional approval ratings are well below those of used car dealers. The JOBS Act is something only a financial scavenger could love. It will create a fraud-friendly and fraud-enhancing environment. It will add to the unprecedented level of financial fraud by our most elite CEOs that has devastated the U.S. and European economies and cost over 20 million people their jobs. Financial fraud is a prime jobs killer.

Wall Street Wastes $280 Billion A Year: Study

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 03.02.2012 | Business

Wall Street seems to have learned a neat trick: how to make more money while producing less. Between 1980 and 2010, the U.S. financial industry nea...

What Does It Mean that the Public Supports Specific Types of Regulation, But Questions 'Regulation' in General?

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 04.29.2012 | Business
Sidney Shapiro

It may be, as cynics are likely to point out, that you can't underestimate the power of the American people to hold two contradictory ideas at once.

The Economist Recycles Old Right-Wing Ideas to Gut Public Protections

Rena Steinzor | Posted 04.22.2012 | Business
Rena Steinzor

The fundamental challenge for The Economist is squaring its anti-regulatory critique with its admission that “most” of today’s regulations have monetized benefits exceeding costs. The magazine likes that, after all. So where’s the problem?

"Job-Killing Regulations and Rhetoric"? So, Why Is Oil Industry Employment at Record Highs?

Paul Abrams | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

To drill-baby-drill down on the actual data, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows, U.S. employment in the oil and gas industry has reached record highs despite regulations.

When Democrats Want De-Regulation More Than The GOP

Eli Lehrer | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

Republicans need to look for more creative ways to fight burdensome government regulations. They can -- and should -- start by looking at credit union lending.

The Democrats Who Unleashed Wall Street and Got Away With It

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.02.2012 | Business
Robert Scheer

Larry Summers, like Bill Clinton, still defends the reversal of the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act, a 1999 repeal that destroyed the wall between investment and commercial banking put into place by Franklin Roosevelt in response to the Great Depression.

Ron Paul, Rand Paul, and the Oppressive Nature of "Small Government"

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

For two men who campaigned on getting government out of the lives of private citizens, it's incredibly hypocritical to oppose a woman's right to do what she wants to with her own uterus.

Grow up, Ron Paul

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

Ron Paul's every-individual-for-themselves rhetoric appeals to young, radical libertarians with simplistic viewpoints of authority, and an ignorance of why government exists in the first place.

Corzine and Madoff: The Fruit of Financial Deregulation

Mark W. Schleisner | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Mark W. Schleisner

The congressional advocates of deregulation insist that a market unfettered by government supervision creates jobs and prosperity. They're right -- i...

Eliminating Regulations That Protect the Health and Safety of Americans Is Not Job Creation

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

The solution to the recession is fairly straightforward. We must increase demand for American goods, create jobs and resolve the home foreclosure crisis. If we continue this regulatory race to the bottom, American manufacturers will be less competitive and fewer -- not more -- jobs will be created.

Gluttons for Punishment

Edward Flattau | Posted 01.22.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

Republican congressional leaders persist in the belief that advancing economic expansion at the expense of environmental protection is a winning strategy. They never learn.

The Best And Worst Ways Government Can Help Create Jobs

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.20.2011 | Business

Unemployment might be stuck at crisis levels, but a new government report suggests two commonly proposed Republican remedies would only have minimal e...

Deregulation Won't Lead To Job Growth: Congressional Budget Office

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Business

The country needs jobs, but cutting back on government regulations may not the best way to get them. Deregulation -- a favorite talking point of c...

What Can Give You Economic Misery, an Embolism, and a Backyard Full of Elephants?

Cliff Schecter | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

Although when it comes to the specific date of our mass death, Harold Camping might as well be talking Chinese nuclear development with Herman Cain, i...

Occupy Movement Protesters: New American Heroes? Yes! Movements Take Time, Past Is Prologue

E. Henry Schoenberger | Posted 01.04.2012 | Business
E. Henry Schoenberger

Think about it. We have young adults sleeping outside in Manhattan, protesting against Wall Street Banks -- the symbol of economic inequality; and a ...

Learn from Solyndra, Deregulate the Energy Market

Sunil Sharan | Posted 01.03.2012 | Green
Sunil Sharan

Deregulation, which is, in effect, competition, would move the onus from strapped taxpayers onto cash-rich utilities, assuming there is proper oversight.

When Some Farm Subsidies Go Away, Will Our Food System Be Healthy?

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 12.20.2011 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Now is a critical time to start asking questions about what the consequences would be -- intended or otherwise -- if subsidies go away.

Let Them Eat Keller

Robert Scheer | Posted 12.19.2011 | Media
Robert Scheer

Funny, he doesn't look like Marie Antoinette. But when former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller asks his readers if they are "bored by the soggy sleep-ins and warmed-over anarchism of Occupy Wall Street," it displays the arrogance of disoriented royal privilege.

Spearing Sacred Cows

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics
Rep. Keith Ellison

Last week, I was on MSNBC's Up With Chris Hayes about jobs, the Occupy Wall Street movement and other issues. During the show I said that some regulations have created jobs.

Michael McAuliff

Erasing The EPA: GOP Strategy Would Roll Back Decades Of Protection | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- America's environmental protections are under a sweeping, concerted assault in Congress that could effectively roll back the federal gov...